IRL: Championship Celebration - Texas Style

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 13, 1999) - When the Pep Boys Indy Racing League Champion is crowned at Texas Motor Speedway following the Oct. 17 Mall.com 500, it will be a celebration as big as the state itself. All the fans attending the race will...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 13, 1999) - When the Pep Boys Indy Racing League Champion is crowned at Texas Motor Speedway following the Oct. 17 Mall.com 500, it will be a celebration as big as the state itself.

All the fans attending the race will be invited down onto the front stretch to join in on the celebration with he new open-wheel champ.

"We wanted to make this championship and event to remember," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "Not only for the driver and team but for all the fans who were part of it as well. It's great to bring another championship event to the Fort Worth-Dallas area."

The series champion, along with his car and team, will be brought to the start/finish line where the victory celebration will be staged. Fans will then be invited to cross through the fence onto the track to join in the festivities.

* LOCAL STUDENT TO GIVE INVOCATION - Suni McClure, a senior at Northwest High School, will give the invocation at the Mall.com 500. McClure recently drew media attention after giving a pre-game prayer at a high school football game, violating a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which prohibits student-initiated prayer on the public address system at sporting events.

"She showed great courage in her convictions," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "Because we can offer an invocation without getting into the separation of church and state issue, we wanted her to have the opportunity to give the pre-race prayer in front of 65,000 to 75,000 people."

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